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Saudi Arabia bans Iran’s Mahan Air over safety concerns

The aviation authority cited "violations of national regulations related to safety of international carriers"

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Saudi Arabia's aviation authority said Monday it had banned Iran's Mahan Air from using its airports and air space over safety concerns.

The General Authority for Civil Aviation said it decided to "stop completely permits granted to Iran's Mahan Air, ban it from landing in the kingdom's airports or passing through its air space," according to a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

The authority cited "violations of national regulations related to safety of international carriers".

Saudi Arabia's aviation authority announced on April 4, 2016 that it had banned Iran's Mahan Air from using its airports and air space over safety concerns

Saudi Arabia severed all air links with Iran in January after the two countries cut diplomatic ties.

Mahan Air's website does not show any scheduled flights to Saudi Arabia.